Cleveland Clinic has entered into an educational collaboration with the American Lung Association to disseminate free, comprehensive resources on COVID-19 care for health care providers around the world, according to a news release.
A multidisciplinary team of Cleveland Clinic experts developed an inventory of online evidence-based modules and quick reference guides. The resources — which are hosted on the Clinic’s Respiratory and Education Institute’s Comprehensive COVID Care platform — inform best practices for care of critically ill patients in a range of clinical settings during the pandemic, according to the release.
The American Lung Association’s support for this collaboration is made possible by its $25 million investment in the COVID-19 Action Initiative. These resources expand the American Lung Association’s existing science-based information available to the public online.
“Cleveland Clinic is pleased to share our advanced COVID-19 resources through this unique educational relationship with the American Lung Association,” Dr. Sumita Khatri, vice chair of mission programs for the American Lung Association and director of the Asthma Center at Cleveland Clinic, said in a provided statement. “By vetting and disseminating the highest quality information about the virus and how to care for patients with COVID-19 to tens of thousands of health care providers nationwide, best practices and preventive measures can be put into place and more lives will ultimately be saved.”
The educational platform aims to help teams standardize practices in the care of patients during the pandemic and provides up-to-date information relevant to where a provider is deployed. The resource has been categorized into three groups, according to the release: COVID-19 Caregiver Resource (for health care workers caring for COVID-19 patients); approaches to the Non-COVID Patient (offers critical and noncritical care topics appropriate for providers in both the ICU and non-ICU inpatient settings); and Just-in-Time (intended to be used as a care management reference guide).
“Too many lives have been lost to COVID-19. As our nation and world face the pandemic, our health care providers need and deserve support and advanced training specific to this new virus,” American Lung Association president and CEO Harold Wimmer said in a provided statement.
The resource has been viewed by users in 105 countries to date, Dr. James K. Stoller, chair of the Education Institute at Cleveland Clinic, said in the release. The activities are independent education activities that carry CME certification by Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Continuing Medical Education, an ACCME-accredited provider with commendation status.